When and how to do a virological screening test?

When and how to do a virological screening test?
  • If you have symptoms: it is recommended to do the virological test with or without a prescription, but a consultation is always recommended. You can do it in a medical laboratory. It is funded by Health Insurance and without advance payment in most cases.
  • If you are a contact case: you will be invited by Health Insurance to carry out a screening test. You will also have to respect a preventive septaine, even if the test result is negative. Contact with fragile people and the use of public transport should be avoided. You do not need a prescription and can take the test at a medical examination center. You will have 24 hours to do so if you live in the same household as the affected person, and a week if you do not live under the same roof. The test can be reimbursed for contact cases.

In addition, priority people will be able to take the PCR test in the time slots reserved for them in the laboratories and dedicated screening centers. This concerns:

  • people with a medical prescription ;
  • symptomatic people ;
  • high -risk contact cases;
  • health professionals.

If you think you need to perform a PCR test, you can talk to a doctor in teleconsultation. If necessary, he can make you an online prescription for the virological test. This way, you can take the test and get the results faster.

In addition, rapid antigenic tests have been authorized and can be performed in hospitals and laboratories. These antigen tests work by nasal swab and provide an answer in less than 30 minutes for people who do not show symptoms and are not in contact.

Receive an online prescription for the PCR test

Avoid any risk of contamination and make an appointment by teleconsultation to receive a prescription, if necessary. (100% covered by health insurance)

Here are the steps to follow if you experience symptoms of Covid-19:

Good to know: the government has launched the StopCovid application, which has become TousAntiCovid, to receive an alert if you have recently been in contact with a person who tested positive (via Bluetooth sharing system), and to be able to take the necessary steps to do so. detect. In addition, it is necessary to continue to wear a protective mask in public places and to respect barrier gestures to limit coronavirus contamination.

Where to carry out a virological screening test (PCR)?

To find out where to carry out a virological screening test near you, you can consult the sante.fr website which lists all the laboratories, hospitals, and centers that offer it, whether in Paris or other cities in France.

You can also get tested in “drive” without getting out of your vehicle to limit contamination. You will find the list of screening drives near you at: 

Good to know: if you are one of the fragile or particularly exposed people, you will be able to benefit as a priority from the vaccine developed against the coronavirus, when it is ready.

What happens after a positive PCR screening test for Covid-19?

If the virological screening test is positive, you must respect a period of isolation until recovery. Your doctor will contact the Health Insurance to investigate and find the possible “contact cases”, the people with whom you have had contact recently and who risk being infected and infecting others.

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